Grateful Dead Live at Grand Prix Racecourse on 1973-07-28
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Uher mic > Uher 4000 Report L 5" reels > MacIntosh pre-amp > TEAC 1230 7" reel; via Jeffrey Siniawsky and Joel Smith; Seeded to etree by Noah Weiner. [Note: Circulates with 7/27 Soundcheck which has a separate entry]
- 2004-09-03 15:21:31
- Uher mic > Uher 4000 Report L 5in reels > MacIntosh pre-amp > TEAC 1230 7in reel
- Watkins Glen, NY
- Audience Recording: Uher mic
- Taped by
- Jeffrey Siniawsky, Joel Smith
- Grand Prix Racecourse
Subject: Surprise Surprise
As for the performance---insipid? What the hell does that mean? Is this not one of the most challenging shows the band ever played? I think they come off rather well. It's not RFK '73 but what is? It's not 3/1/69 either but it contains some superb playing. It's f@^#%$& Watkin's Glen for God's sake and between this and the other posting I now have access to the whole thing. Is this as good as some of my crispiest boards? No. Audience tapes? Some I have are magnificent. This one isn't but it's a brilliant and surprisingly good historical artifact of an era and the beats a lot of Dick's Picks and From the Vaults as far as I'm concerned. It's also more fun to listen to than the board after a toot.
I'd give the sound two stars but hell, I had a Portchester '70 triple Dark Star for years that sounded like crap but I played it all the time for the brilliant crowd ambience and band performance. I'll come back to this one too. Four stars for the sheer challenge of getting this sucker down in such primitive surroundings (if you'd told these tapers about taper sections and Nak mics back then they'd have thought they were tripping----oh they probably were)) and getting it to the Archive and us. Many, many thanks!
Now who's got my Bickershaw '72 Dark Star>Other One. I know you're out there!! ;)
Subject: What a time!
Subject: Nothing to Write Home About
There is one interesting aspect to this concert,which has nothing to do with the Dead. In America's oldest active missing teen case, Bonita Beckwit and Mitchel Weiser disappeared without a trace after leaving Sullivan Co. to attend this show. http://doenetwork.us/cases/3dfny.html
A witness has come forward claiming that the two probably drowned while swimming in a river while hitchhiking back home. This seems to be corroborated on the audio tape during the encore, Sing Me Back Home, one of the tapers says quite clearly, "I'm keeping it dry," indicating a rainstorm, and possible flooding afterwards.
I am on the fence, but am leaning toward DLing it and burning a copy. The real rating is a 3.75.
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